It would be a great help to know which tires lasted longest and which were a waste of money since you have been through so many.
Being the Stryker is similar to the 1300 tourer I can assume you did not have much luck with Metz's as they seem to wear down in 5000 miles on the rear of our bikes. Personally I think they are overrated and most choose them because the brand name and looks.
I am curious if you tried the C2 and if you ever tried the Excedra Max.
Also curious on what tires you thought handled best no matter the mileage. Being most of us go years without replacing your insight would be a great help!
Being you are so active in the twisties, I wonder if you would be happy with a darkside not that I would use one or try one simply because I do not do half as much riding as you, so no need, by the time I get new tires I am jsut glad to replace them as they get older.
Currently have 5,275 miles on my front and rear tires which are EXCEDRA MAX, not just Excedra but Excedra MAX. Put them on 6-13-12 and as of today I have 5,275 miles on them. (between work and weather it has not been a good riding year for me, but starting to catch up in the last week!)
Anyway, I LOVE these tires and SO FAR they are holding up well, I really do not see much wear but how can I remember from when they were new, I will be happy to get 10 K out of the rear and 12k I would be thrilled. We will see. Most of my riding is fast rural roads 45 to 65 but also A LOT of interstate on longer then 1 hr trips. Interstate where I live I commonly go 80 to 85 MPH indicated on the speedo which is really 73 to 77MPH on a GPS/ true speed.
Last trip on Sunday a constant indicated 80 to 85 for a 2 hour run to Charleston and later in the days two hours back. Tires NEVER are swayed by groves in the road etc which is nice when you hit construction zones where they grooved the road to lay a new surface, now of course that is extreme and you will feel it to a certain degree but other areas of grooves and cracks the tires take in stride and really inspire confidence, nice and firm as well and why I like them.
To start with I would like to make it clear that the Stryker is not like the 1300 or any other standard cruiser style bike as far as geometry and ergonomics. You set down in the bike at a lower center of gravity and a fist in the wind drag bar style with forward controls. Then the geometry is designed for a more aggressive riding style, despite how it looks and what you would think how it would handle with the rake, wide rear tire and bigger front tire. Also it has a more aggressive fuel mapping to go along with it and taller gear ratio than the 1300.
The low profile wide radial tires wear out faster than standard cruiser tires to start with. Then you add the ability to get down into curves and that equates to burning through tires .
Doesn't matter which brand or model tire they all wear out between 4k to 5k. And I mean before 5k they are bald starting at the sides first. This is opposite what others are getting that live in flat land big city areas. They are getting 8k to 12k of the stock tires wearing them in the center first. And of course better mileage when they go to other brands and 240 and up series tires.
To address your questions, to start with, the 950 and Strykers come stock with Bridgestone Exedras, not the max. I don't think they make a Max in any size that will fit the Stryker rim.
The problem with the Stryker is there is only two brands that make the 210 series, Bridgestone and Metzler.
So far I haven't been able to find a bias ply in anything above a 200 series. We put a bias ply C II 180 on the 950 and it had over 3k miles on it when we traded it in and it still looked almost new. This was far better than Bridgestone, Metzler and Dunlop, all were more than half way to the wear bars at 3k miles and wearing out before 7k miles. Metz getting the best mileage out of the three.
The thing about Metzlers is, from all my research I found they seem to get, on average, close to the same mileage no matter what part of the country you ride in. This isn't true with all other brands. In parts of the country like where I live that wear tires out fast, the same tire in other areas will last more than twice as long, except Metzler. That's why I chose Metzler because I figured I would get the best mileage off them which I did off three different bikes over several years. 7k+ miles on standard cruisers and 4,800 miles on my Stryker.
The thing about Metzlers however, when the tread got low the tire was squirrely. The Bridgestone was still sticky even when it was bald.
The Michelin C II is a far better tire than all of them. I have almost 5k on the C II 240 on my Sryker. It is almost bald on the left side, normal, and past the wear bars every where else. But the difference is it is wearing evenly as far as keeping it's round form where the others would squared off and/or cup. Also very sticky still, even more so than the Bridge. When the bridge was bald you could feel it sliding in hard corners but never felt like it would come out from under you. Now so with the C II it stays right there.
First picture is the first Bridgestone 210 on my Stryker completely bald from side to side at 3,100 miles. I still had some tread in the center at 2,500 miles. Paper thin but no belt showing. The bike was new so I was testing its limits. Could have got another 1,000 miles off it if I was a little easier on it lol.
Second pic is the Metz 240 at 4,800 miles. You can see with the wider tire it gave me more side tread that i really couldn't get all the way down to even scraping pegs.
Then the next two pics are the Michelin C II at 5k miles now.
The last pic is my wife's Stock 210 at 3k+ miles and you can see that some of the side chicken tracks are completely gone.
My concern is a car tire not designed to be on it's side may wear even faster on the edges but I wont know until I try.